A recent interview with Chia Jee Onn, the President of Johor Sand & Granite Lorry Operators’ Association, revealed that the Association would hold a series of training sessions to enhance the professionalism and skills of its members.
“In August last year, we moved our association’s office to the new premises in Taman Desa Cemerlang that is more spacious, allowing us to hold various training programmes, seminars and conferences. The aim for these activities is to help our members understand and be aware of the new policies of the Malaysian government that are relevant to them and help them comply with these policies.”
Chia pointed out that the government had begun to tighten Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement that was applicable in road transport activities, which the majority of its members were still not ready for.
“Many members who did not comply with OSHA were caught red-handed by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) recently and their business licence was temporary suspended or licence renewal was kept in abeyance until they became compliant with the requirements. For example, for a company that has a fleet of more than 60 trucks, it needs to employ a full-time competent Safety and Health Officer. For fleets with fewer than 40 trucks, they just need to appoint an employee within the organisation to head the occupational safety and health committee.”
He explained that under Section 30 (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994, if there were 40 or more persons employed at the place of work or directed by the Director-General, the employer should establish a safety and health committee.
A competent Safety and Health Officer is a Malaysian who has successfully completed the necessary courses from DOSH-approved training centres, passed all examination papers (inclusive of a project work paper) conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and accumulated working experience as required by DOSH. Lastly, he must be interviewed by and registered with DOSH to maintain competency.
According to the Boneo Post Online, DOSH records showed that only 5,984 safety and health officers had registered and received their licences from the department as of 2016.
“Currently, there is a shortage of qualified safety and health officers, and they are in great demand. To help our members, I have gone through the full training course for safety and health officers and have trained some of the Association’s committee members regarding OSHA compliance. We are able to guide our members through the process of becoming OSHA compliant, helping them to set up their safety and health committee, appointing the right personnel to head the committee, with an aim of ensuring that the persons other than their employees are not exposed to safety and health risk in consequence of transport activities carried out and encouraging education and awareness regarding safety and health at the place of work. That means we are able to perform internal audits to ensure that everything is in place before the official audit by SPAD.”
Chia stressed that safety had no tolerance. “We have started to educate our members and the industry since two years ago through an exhibition that we organised. The exhibition was held at Expo Danga City Mall in Johor Bahru and featured a concurrent Road Safety Awareness campaign, bringing together a host of transportation and logistics industry players who were actively involved in the south Malaysian market.”
A series of various training programmes and seminars were in the pipeline, he said, and the Association would kick off the first training session in April once its committee had agreed on the programme.
To date, the Association had 90 companies as members, consisting of about 5,000 vehicles. According to him, this accounted for only 1 per cent of the industry’s population and the Association hoped to attract more members.
“去年8月，我们将公会办事处搬至目前位于Taman Desa Cemerlang的新地点。如今，我们的办事处空间宽敞，方便我们开会，主办各种培训和研讨会。我们希望透过这些活动，让会员了解和协助他们符合马来西亚政府所实施的新政策。”
据Borneo Post 线上新闻报道，DOSH截至2016年的记录显示目前合格和注册的职业安全与健康主管只有5，984人。
谢儒安强调说，安全不能有丝毫的宽容和妥协。“我们在两年前已通过公会主办的展销会，开始教育我们的会员和业者。当我们在新山的Expo Danga City Mall主办该展会的同时，也同步举办了道路安全意识运动，将活跃于马来西亚南部市场的物流业者聚集在一起。”